To Bet or Not to Bet by Vincent Geary of Brooklyn College Radio

November 30, 2011 in Youthcast by Emily

Earlier this month, 64% of voters in New Jersey passed a ballot measure that made sports betting legal at casinos and racetracks in their state. The only problem is — the federal government still says sports betting is illegal. Who's right?

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"Who cares?" might be a better question, at least for regular sports betters like Brooklyn College Radio's Vincent Geary. Vincent told me in an interview this week that in his community in Rockaway, Queens, lots of people bet on sports. For some it's a hobby, for some it's a sport, and yes, for others it's an addiction. But for everybody, it's totally out in the open — and as far as they're concerned, it's legal. That's because of the thousands of international online gambling websites through which bookmakers and gamblers settle their bets these days.

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Vincent studies radio at City University of New York in Brooklyn. He told me he didn't expect his college radio class to be so surprised that he was a regular gambler. So, for Vincent's final project, he decided to capture the nature of gambling in his community in Rockaway NY. He told me: "Gambling has a very negative connotation… and I just wanted to put it out there and have people decide on their own."
So have a listen. And stay tuned for my interview with Vincent at the end of the podcast.

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Online gambling image by Orin Zebest, Bookie image by flickr_lifeshots.